Prince Albert II officially takes the throne of Monaco on Tuesday with an all-day celebration. These events mark the end of the official mourning period, which has been in place since the death of His Serene Highness Prince Rainier III, Prince Albert's father, on April 6.
The enthronement festivities, the first in more than 50 years, will bring together the Monégasque people and residents of Monaco to salute and recognize the Sovereign Prince and the Princely Family. Prince Albert has declared today a national holiday in the Mediterranean principality, which is about the size of New York City's Central Park.
Schedule of Festivities:
All events are in local time, which is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
11:30 a.m.: Mass and Te Deum celebrated by Monsignor Bernard Barsi at the Monaco Cathedral. The ceremony is reserved to Monégasque citizens. As space is limited, the ceremony will be broadcast live in a nearby street for Monégasques and residents who can't access the Cathedral.
7:00 p.m.: Official ceremony, followed by a reception offered by H.S.H. the Prince to the Monégasque citizens on the Palace Square.
9:30 p.m.: Concert by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Me Marek Janowski, in the Palace Courtyard and broadcast live on the Palace Square. This concert is also reserved for Monégasque citizens.
Starting at 10 p.m.: Ball and fireworks on Quai Albert Ier, open to all Monégasques and residents of Monaco.
Around 10:45 p.m.: H.S.H. Prince Albert II, dignitaries and Monégasques who attended the concert walk down to the port to join the festivities.
To coincide with Monaco's National Day festivities on Nov. 19, a number of additional official coronation ceremonies will be scheduled with the participation of dignitaries from around the world at that time.
Source: Consulate General of Monaco